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Barry Bath

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Barry grew up in Johannesburg and knew from a young age that he had a true love for the African bush yet it was only after spending several years in the corporate world in Europe, followed by a two year sabbatical of traveling ...

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on What is Light and How Does it Work in the Wilderness?

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Hi Barry, I’d say this is the best blog of the year… pictures are breathtakingly beautiful and a reflection on what light is and how it gives life starting from plants is a masterpiece. Plants should be more considered as far as conservation is regarded. They are poached more often than animals and give life to us all. Thank you for this piece of science with poetry!

Hi Francesca, I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the blog. I totally agree that globally we should be paying far more attention to the conservation of plants. Luckily here at Londolozi we have a piece of Africa with all its indigenous plant species to marvel at.

Thanks for this really interesting blog post with beautiful accompanying photos! I’ve been listening to a podcast that is discussing the effects of moonlight on behavior so this post is somewhat synchronistic.

Hi Marcia, that sounds like a great idea for a spinoff blog from this! I’d be interested to know which podcast that is.

Hi Barry. The podcast and video discuss the work of Dr. Horacio de la Iglesia, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington and how the phases of the moon effect sleep in some surprising ways. One is on CBC.ca radio – quirks and quarks. Another called Mysteries of the Moon & Mind can be viewed on YouTube.

Thank you Marcia!

Barry your interpretation of light in different aspects is phenomenal. Thank you for sharing it with us. The foto’s are also very helpful and beautiful in the explanation of your theories. I must say the sunset foto is out of this world.

Hi Valmai, I’m happy you enjoyed the read. Nothing quite like an African sunset!

Hi Barry, a really interesting article on light and its meaning for plants and animals. Thanks! I have learned a lot from it. There is so much one can learn about nature, incredible!

Hi Christa, there really is so much that we can learn everyday out in the bush.

Hi Barry, thank you for all the research you did in order to create this blog. Light is a fascinating subject and provides endless discussions on how it directly relates to all aspects of life. For a photographer, lighting is essential for creating images that tell a story, from a moody shot inspired by shadows to reflective light from trees, water, etc. Your selection of photos to accompany this article was stellar – especially those Burchell starlings.

Hi Denise, light is indeed incredibly important in photography and allows you to create all the atmosphere for a photo as you’ve mentioned.

Barry, Thanks for an incredible education! Wow, it was really interesting to read you blog and we learned a lot. Plus you presented it in a great way to make the technical information understandable! The images are all amazing too. Well done!

Hi Michael & Terri, it’s always great taking real life examples to try and explain the technical side of nature.

What an excellent article…I’ll view every sunrise and sunset differently in future.

Hi Rouvierre, happy to see you following the Londolozi blog and glad you enjoyed the article. Perhaps it’s time to come visit soon!

Barry, your easy to understand article on light was fascinating and the accompanying photographs spectacular. Throughly enjoyed it 🙏🏻

Hi Cally, I’m glad you find light as fascinating as I do.

This is one of the best blogs yet. Fascinating as well as beautiful. And we need more trees and plants to soak up that carbon we humans are generating through our activities on the planet:-)

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